Is it really this quiet ?

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Hill_Top_Mike
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Is it really this quiet ?

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Hi All
I've just rescued my old scanner from the loft, it has been up there for a lot of years, I was given a new and unused Ariel, not sure if the legs are fitted in the right place and not sure if it is a scanner Ariel, anyway when I switch the scanner on it receives nothing at all, I am quite high up and expected to hear something, just looking for suggestions really of what I'm doing wrong.
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P.S. I didn't want to fix the ariel to the roof just in case it is not a scanner ariel.
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Alright mike.

Not half as much scanner action as there used to be, Lot of services have gone digital. But you should be hearing some signals, Taxi's ,aircraft, CB,etc. But really depends on your location, I'd be investigating that antenna/coax for shorts etc,

BTW It is a scanner aerial, Called a discone and it looks to be assembled correctly
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As above.
And it's a good aerial i think i use the same exact one.
Stick with it you will find something.
edit yes you have the parts in the correct place.
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Thank you very much gents, I have resoldered the coax plugs, and I have heard a couple of truck drivers chatting, so could have been the coax, thanks again guys, I'll keep testing.
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Almost all analogue utilities and 999 services are digital now. The 450-452 MHz band is now almost deserted and all that PMR activity around the 165 MHz area is digital too. You should hear their signals squawking away though. The 144 MHz Amateur band is very quiet now, apart from a few internet linked repeaters and DMR at the top end. I can receive digital stuff like DMR utilites etc but I find it's often really hard to tell what they're saying. We're ferkin' doomed.
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There really isn't much left to listen too.

There is shortwave, plenty of signals there and sometimes there are interesting things to be heard around 40 plus MHz and there is Air Band, plenty to be heard on that. The 2 meter band is often active but other than that everything else either dosn't get used anymore or has moved to Digital.

Analog scanners are pretty much obsolete if they don't do certain bands like HF or Air Band.

There should be plenty of noise to decode from the audio feed from your scanner to your computer.
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You'll likely not get too much on 27Mhz.Try scanning airband 118 -138 mhz AM.You seem to be in a good position for good reception and your discone antenna looks ok.
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